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FOR RELEASE - October 4, 2019
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AAPA Slates 2020 Calendar of Seminars and Conferences

Overall 10 maritime industry conferences and training events slated

In addition to its 2020 Annual Convention and Expo and its 2020 Latin American Congress of Ports events, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)— the unified and recognized voice of seaports in the Americas—has slated eight maritime industry training seminars and conferences for 2020. These include the popular Shifting Trade workshop in Tampa, FL (Jan. 29-30); the information technology-focused Smart Ports seminar in Los Angeles (Feb. 5-6); the association’s annual Spring Conference in Washington, DC (March 17-19); the biennial Finance Seminar, in partnership with SAP Concur in Seattle (April 15-16); the port leadership-focused Commissioners and Governing Boards Seminar in New York City (May 6-7); the Marine Terminal Management Training event in Miami (May 18-22); the three-day Port Security Seminar and Expo in San Diego (July 15-17); and the widely-attended Energy & Environment seminar in New Orleans (Oct. 28-29), with separate tracks for those who plan, monitor and administer energy and environment activities, and for those responsible for marketing and communicating information about them to port audiences.

As for its two largest-attended meetings, AAPA’s 2020 Annual Convention and Expo will take place in Quebec City, Canada, Sept. 13-16, and its 2020 Latin American Congress of Ports will be held in Cartagena, Colombia, for three days during the week of Nov. 16-20 (hotel and precise days to be announced).  

Further information about the 2020 AAPA workshops, seminars and conferences is now available on the AAPA website. Additional topic-specific events may be added to the AAPA website during the year which don’t appear below. 

Event Name

2020 Dates


Shifting Trade

Jan. 29-30

Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
Tampa, FL

Smart Ports

Feb. 5-6

DoubleTree by Hilton – San Pedro – Port of Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

Spring Conference

March 17-19

Grand Hyatt Washington

Washington, DC


Finance Seminar, in partnership with SAP Concur

April 15-16

Renaissance Seattle Hotel

Seattle, WA

Commissioners and Governing
Boards Seminar

May 6-7

New York Hilton Midtown

New York City, NY

Marine Terminal Management Training

May 18-22

Hyatt Regency Miami

Miami, FL

Port Security Seminar and Expo

July 15-17

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

San Diego, CA

Energy & Environment

Oct. 28-29

Le Meridien New Orleans

New Orleans, LA

AAPA 109th Annual Convention
& Exposition


Sept. 13-16

Marriott Québec City Downtown
Québec City, QC, Canada

Latin American Congress of Ports

Week of
Nov. 16-20

(Hotel TBA)
Cartagena, Colombia

Please include the above events in your printed and on-line calendar of events.

About AAPA
Founded in 1912 and recognized as the unified voice of seaports in the Americas, AAPA today represents 130 of the leading seaport authorities in the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean and more than 200 sustaining and associate members, firms and individuals with an interest in seaports. According to IHS Markit’s World Trade Service, combined international sea trade moving through Western Hemisphere ports in 2017 totaled 4.303 billion metric tons in volume and US$2.675 trillion in value. Of that total, ports in Central and South America handled 1.741 billion metric tons of cargo valued at US$1.024 trillion, while North American ports handled 1.90 billion metric tons of goods, valued at US$2.305 trillion. To meet the growing demand for trade, the AAPA and its members are committed to keeping seaports navigable, secure and sustainable.  For more information, visit On Twitter:


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